Mountain rescue teams help in search for missing Northumberland woman

A Mountain Rescue Team vehicle.
A Mountain Rescue Team vehicle.

Mountain rescue teams have been helping in the search for missing Northumberland woman Sally Allan, during a busy Christmas period for them.

At around 3.45pm on Boxing Day (Saturday), Northumbria Police requested the assistance of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team (NNPMRT) and the North Of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team (NOTMRT) to help with the search for the 59-year-old from Darras Hall who has not been seen since the early hours of Boxing Day when she left her home address sometime after 3am.

Sally Allan

Sally Allan

Twenty-two Mountain Rescue personnel and one dog searched for seven hours through darkness. A specially trained and equipped water team searched along the River Pont, which had burst its banks.

On Sunday (December 27), Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) travelled out of their normal operating area to support the search. In total that day, the three Mountain Rescue Teams provided 30 highly-trained volunteers and three search dogs for 12 hours.

The search continues for Sally with large numbers of the public from the local community now volunteering to help, with the continued planning and organisational support of the Mountain Rescue Teams

Other specialist resources, including Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service’s Swiftwater Rescue Team were tasked yesterday (December 29).

While searching for Sally on Boxing Day, a lost walker phoned the emergency services for help from the Simonside Hills in the Northumberland National Park. After speaking with the walker on their mobile phone, Mountain Rescue were able to establish their location and organised for two local farmers to drive and transport the walker back to their car – all within 25 minutes.

Mountain Rescue publically thanked the farmers for their 'unquestioning and immediate response during this busy time for the teams'.

At just after 6pm yesterday, NNPMRT and NOTMRT were put on standby for an overdue 50-year-old walker in the North Cheviots. The teams were called via the police by a well-

intentioned walker in the Harthope Valley who had talked to the individual’s elderly father who was waiting in a car at Langleeford. The initial response showed no vehicles parked in the reported location and the teams were stood down.

On Christmas Day, NNPMRT water teams were placed on stand-by for expected flooding events in the Cumbria area. Fortunately, no deployment was necessary to Cumbria but they remained on standby for Northumberland as rivers rose significantly on Boxing Day and there was a great deal of surface water affecting many rural roads.

All Mountain Rescue Teams rely purely on charitable trusts and public donations for their funding, each team requiring around £20-25k per year to continue. To donate the Teams mentioned in this story, visit: